Principles of Design

Colour, Size, Price

With so much to choose from, we often ask our clients to focus on three main design concepts: colour, size and price category. These three concepts help keep clients focused during a project's decision-making process as well as help our staff better meet our clients' design needs.

Creating Ambience and Illusion
When choosing wall or floor tiles, it's important to consider the current ambience of each room beforehand. Think about how you would like to either maintain or change the space's mood. Colours like green and blue give a room depth and grand perspective, while warm-tones, like yellow and red, have a more reductive ability and can visually decrease the volume of a space. Measure specific dimensions of the area to which the tiles are destined, noting any peculiarities of the room like awkward corners or odd angles.
Another way to alter the volume of a room is in choosing tile size itself. Large-sized porcelain GRES tiles, for example, play up a room's dimensions by broadening texture and design. Our showroom staff is on hand and always happy to discuss color and tone with you, helping to create your desired effect.

Designing for Strength: Porcelain &  GRES
Nowadays, people expect the absolute best for their living spaces, with no compromises. That's precisely why more and more interior designers are now turning to the newest addition to ceramics, a form of ceramic mixed with fine porcelain called porcelain GRES. Overall, porcelain GRES looks, feels, and functions differently than traditional ceramic. Ceramic tiles will always be in fashion, but porcelain GRES is quickly becoming the new facade of the modern home. This is for a number of reasons, including:


•    durability
•    bending strength
•    frost resistance
•    abrasion resistance
•    moisture resistance
•    ecological compliance
•    low susceptibility to electrical conduction
•    bacteriostatic performance (limits the growth of bacteria)

Materials and Process of Façade Porcelain Gres  
Natural materials such as clay, feldspar (a rock-forming mineral), sand, and other materials are finely ground to 100-500 microns (one millionth of meter), and then condensed.  After grinding the spray-dried powder, the fine porcelain material is compressed under extremely high pressure, then left to dry. During the condensing, or “pressing” phase of the process, coloured spray-dried powders are applied, creating a desired appearance.  The substance is then fired at highly-regulated, extreme temperatures.  The resulting substance is a high-strength, non-porous material, which lends itself easily to a wide variety of design concepts.  


Porcelain GRES is extremely durable. It maintains high frost resistance and is also non-porous, meaning there is virtually no water absorption, allowing for both interior and exterior surface applications.  The material also excels in bending strength limit tests and has been found to be 1.5 times stronger than ceramic floor tiles and 2 times stronger than ceramic wall tiles.  They are eco-friendly and frost resistant. People who use porcelain GRES are soon to find their tiles require very little repair and maintenance when compared to conventional glazed ceramic tiles. 
Porcelain Gres Collections  

Cutting Edge Design: Atlantic, Seville and MonocolorEvery inch of our porcelain products are made with natural materials, are environmentally sound, and carry superior aesthetic style and functionality. As one of Europe's leading ceramics lines, Keramin prides itself on churning out cutting edge, high-end designs in porcelain GRES and porcelain stoneware.
Keramin’s collections, Atlantic, Seville and Monocolor, are a true testament to this standard. Our Atlantic porcelain GRES offers clients a highly resistant facade tile reminiscent of ancient marble. Marble is one of the most requested building materials in the world and Keramin produces a more affordable porcelain version with less slip and more durability.
For our clients who desire a more Mediterranean feel, the Seville line echoes ancient limestone, a highly sought-after natural material forged from the fossils of ancient seabeds. Keramin’s  porcelain GRES version is an impeccable replica of the French Beaumaniere Classic limestone, offered in either light or deep natural hues. This line brings the sophisticated charm of Old World Spain into any facade.

Keramin JSC's Monocolor line offers superb porcelain GRES quality in a variety of striking colours, including sandstone beige, subtle sea green, roseate pink, and a refined Turkish blue. This is a collection that readily lends itself to any design concept.

Classic Collections: Elbrus, Everest and Quartzite  
An impeccable reproduction of Carmelo marble onyx is found in Keramin's Elbrus collection, echoing ancient Italian architecture and the more modern churches of Palermo. The collection is available in two natural stone hues: a deep earthy tone or a subdued pearlescent glow.
The Everest collection is one of the strongest collections in terms of gallant style. Antarctic bone-white can be paired with the collection's dark chocolate tones, invoking the sense of forest shadows and private eco-retreats. Everest is unique in the sense it offers clients the opportunity to combine the two bold-colours, creating alternating patterns or more abstract concepts with colour blocking.

Compressed and fired into three distinct colours – refined grey, earthen beige, and sandalwood-toned terracotta – Keramin JSC's Quartzite collection is designed for modern everyday living. The porcelain gres tiles are functional with any flooring project, and yet retain the translucent quality inherent to natural quartz grain.
Outdoing Traditional Glaze: Modern Croma and Color Vertical Dry Technologies 
Our cutting edge CROMA press feeder uses standard or micronized powders, and specialized grains and compounds, to achieve polished and unpolished porcelain GRES. This filler-box technology adds yet another layer of choice for our clients, as it produces a distinct visual effect.

Colour Vertical Dry technology alters the resolution of porcelain GRES. The machinery is precisely calibrated for the desired designs and uses a dry glaze, which increases abrasion resistance and durability. Employed by only the best in the industry, Colour Vertical Dry technology can dose colour at an astonishing rate, and always with extreme precision.

Both of these technologies are used with great success in Keramin's Quartzite, Elbrus and Everest collections.

Porcelain Gres Productivity  

Keramin JSC has long been considered a leader in ceramic design and productivity, and it was only natural that in 2009, Keramin JSC should begin manufacturing large-scale porcelain GRES. More than 6 million Euros have been invested in assembling the new production line, the FMP-2950. The new line marries leading technology with top of the line Italian machinery, such as SACMI, LB, SYSTEM.

This is the first production line of its kind in and around Eastern Europe, and is on par with Italian ceramic plants, considered some of the finest in the industry. This new production line has a press capacity of 6,200 tons and can manufacture a number of sizes: 300x600mm, 600x600mm, 600x900mm and 600x1200mm.


Wood-look Tiles: Sustainability with Modern Sense
For homeowners and designers looking for strength and durability with the warmth of natural wood, they need look no further than Keramin Joint Stock Co. collections. Forest, Wood, Bavaria, and Lord collections allow customers the classic sophistication of polished hardwoods, without taxing the environment. Their eco-friendly porcelain GRES maintains the liveability of any room through multiple designs—any of which can be combined in decor and size.

 


Wood-look tile collections like are becoming increasingly popular amongst green-living designers. This is largely because wood-look tiles carry undeniable advantages for interior design, including:
•    fire resistance: an obvious advantage for any homeowner, ceramic tiles do not act as fuel in home fires, nor do they emit toxic fumes at elevated temperatures
•    abrasion resistance: ceramic and porcelain and  GRES  tiles are scratch, chemical and stain-resistant, meaning you won't ever have to spend a minute of your time buffing, sanding or varnishing your natural flooring
•    moisture resistance: while wood planks can deteriorate with water damage like dry rot, glazed ceramic and porcelain GRES (even further sealed against moisture) tiles stand up against even the worst water damage.

Keramin's Forest collection offers three porcelain GRES wood facades and one decor. Walnut, with its whirling grain and chocolate overtones; a deeper-hued chestnut, which harks back to the antique wood so popularized by the eastern seaboard during the turn of the century; "beige", reminiscent of a light beech wood; and, for stylized accent tiles, the forest decor, a repeating high-style decorative floral pattern with spiralling florets.



Stone and wood-look granite collection Bavaria gives old world charm to any interior, yet is durable enough for any exterior facade. Available in subtle terracotta or a deeper beige, Bavaria's stone facades mix wonderfully with the wood decor of identical tone.

Keramin Lord collection offers an elegant array of natural tiles with decor in mahogany, Bavarian oak and "sakura", also known as the Japanese flowering cherry.

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